Prioritizing the nominating and governance committee agenda

By Elizabeth Lynch

Nominating and governance committees will be under intense pressure in 2020 to help the board lead with excellence by optimizing the board’s composition, structure, operations, and policies. The committee’s agenda for 2020 needs to be sharp, focused, and executed with resolve.

“More and more we hear about how nom/gov committees are expanding their searches broadly for boardroom talent. They should be focused on finding that healthy level of turnover and recruiting for skills, as well as diversity, to maintain and strengthen the board’s overall alignment with the company as its needs evolve,” said Susan Angele, a senior advisor with KPMG’s Board Leadership Center. 

Drawing on insights from our work and interactions with nom/gov committee members, board chairs, lead directors, experts in board governance as well as business leaders, the On the 2020 nom/gov committee agenda report spotlights areas on which board nominating and governance committees should focus, including:

  • Focus on board composition, prioritizing diversity and alignment with strategy.
  • Consider whether the board’s committee structure brings focus to the issues most critical to the company’s success.
  • Conduct rigorous assessments to drive continuous improvement in board and individual director performance.
  • Update the approach to new-director onboarding and continuing director education.
  • Review and enhance the efficiency and relevance of board operations and policies.
  • Develop succession plans for committee chairs and the lead director.
  • Encourage robust disclosure regarding issues that are top of mind for investors.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Elizabeth Lynch.

Elizabeth Lynch

Elizabeth Lynch

Manager, Corporate Communications, KPMG US

+1 201-505-6316


Susan M. Angele

Susan M. Angele

Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG US